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British paratriathletes claim four gold medals in Iseo

Triathlon News - Sun, 01/07/2018 - 11:06
Dutch paratriathlete Jetze Plat backed up his lead in the ITU rankings after his dominant win in the second stop of the World Paratriathlon Series held this Saturday in Iseo (Italy). The Dutch, current Olympic champion and world champion, proved that he is the strongest competitor at the moment in the field, while Aussie Lauren Parker claimed her first victory in a WPS of her career only one year after the bike crash that left her paralysed. But overall, the winner of the Iseo Paratriathlon Series was Great Britain, with British paratriathletes claiming four gold medals, while USA and Russia both claimed two golds and France, Australia, Spain and the Netherlands one each. PTWC In the Men’s PTWC class things were business as usual, with Plat dominating since the first strokes in the water of the lake. Behind him, his teammate Geert Schipper and Bill Chaffey (AUS) tried to chase him but the handbike proved to be the best left for the Dutch, finishing the 20km ride clearly in first and second place. Behind them, Joseph Townsend, the British Royal marine comando tried to recuperate the time lost on the swim and when it all came to the run, he was already in third place, which he kept until crossing the finish line. The three of them repeated then the Yokohama WPS podium, and are the clear favourites for this year’s World Championships. In the Women PTWC category, Aussie Lauren Parker knew that had great chances of getting her first ever WTS victory and the young paratriathlete went for it since the beginning. Her powerful swim put her in second place out of the water, only behind Margret Ijdema (NED), and knowing that she had to build up quite a lead in order to keep marathon expert Wakako Tsuchida behind, she started working hard in the bike segment. Even loosing almost four minutes in the last section in the run, the Aussie grabbed in Iseo the first WPS victory of her short career, only one year after the accident that left her paralysed, and is now fighting to be on top of the podium at the end of the season. PTS2 The PTS2 races both went the way of the US with Mark Barr and Allysa Seely winning the men’s and women’s respectively. Barr managed to cross the finish line in first place with almost one minute difference over British Andrew Lewis, while Mohamed Lahna, racing for the ITU flag, claimed the third place, , just a few seconds ahead of Spaniard Lionel Moreales. In the women’s race, the victory was for the American Seely, with an impressive...

British paratriathletes claim four gold medals in Iseo

Triathlon News - Sun, 01/07/2018 - 11:06
Dutch paratriathlete Jetze Plat backed up his lead in the ITU rankings after his dominant win in the second stop of the World Paratriathlon Series held this Saturday in Iseo (France). The Dutch, current Olympic champion and world champion, proved that he is the strongest competitor at the moment in the field, while Aussie Lauren Parker claimed her first victory in a WPS of her career only one year after the bike crash that left her paralysed. But overall, the winner of the Iseo Paratriathlon Series was Great Britain, with British paratriathletes claiming four gold medals, while USA and Russia both claimed two golds and France, Australia, Spain and the Netherlands one each. PTWC In the Men’s PTWC class things were business as usual, with Plat dominating since the first strokes in the water of the lake. Behind him, his teammate Geert Schipper and Bill Chaffey (AUS) tried to chase him but the handbike proved to be the best left for the Dutch, finishing the 20km ride clearly in first and second place. Behind them, Joseph Townsend, the British Royal marine comando tried to recuperate the time lost on the swim and when it all came to the run, he was already in third place, which he kept until crossing the finish line. The three of them repeated then the Yokohama WPS podium, and are the clear favourites for this year’s World Championships. In the Women PTWC category, Aussie Lauren Parker knew that had great chances of getting her first ever WTS victory and the young paratriathlete went for it since the beginning. Her powerful swim put her in second place out of the water, only behind Margret Ijdema (NED), and knowing that she had to build up quite a lead in order to keep marathon expert Wakako Tsuchida behind, she started working hard in the bike segment. Even loosing almost four minutes in the last section in the run, the Aussie grabbed in Iseo the first WPS victory of her short career, only one year after the accident that left her paralysed, and is now fighting to be on top of the podium at the end of the season. PTS2 The PTS2 races both went the way of the US with Mark Barr and Allysa Seely winning the men’s and women’s respectively. Barr managed to cross the finish line in first place with almost one minute difference over British Andrew Lewis, while Mohamed Lahna, racing for the ITU flag, claimed the third place, , just a few seconds ahead of Spaniard Lionel Moreales. In the women’s race, the victory was for the American Seely, with an impressive...

Iseo welcomes paratriathletes for the second stop of the WPS

Triathlon News - Thu, 28/06/2018 - 15:23
For the second stop of the 2018 season, the World Paratriathlon Series will travel to the iconic town of Iseo, in northern Italy, Paratriathletes will show their skills with a 750m swim, one lap, in the Lake of Iseo, one of the most astonishing small lakes of the world to then mount on their bikes for three laps of 7km each on a circuit that is almost completely flat, but offers a breathtaking view over the lake and a peculiar passage in the old city center of Iseo. For the last segment, athletes will do four laps 1,2km each in the center of the city, with an astonishing finish line located right in the center of the main square. With the spectacular set up for athletes and spectators alike, the races will bring to the heart of the Old Continent the best paratriathlon action. PTWC Iseo will be as close to a World Championships as a race could be, with all the recent winners of races in this category taking the start. The Dutch duo, Jetze Plat and Geert Schipper, have great chances of repeating their success in the previous WPS of the year in Yokohama, where they crossed the finish line in first and second. But British rising star Joseph Townsend, winner in the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, will surely try to improve his third place in Yokohama. And eye should be kept also on the most veterans, Bill Chaffey (AUS), Fernando Aranha (BRA) and Giovanni Achenza (ITA), all of them with experience enough to shine in a course that they know really well, as they have all competed in Iseo before. In the women’s race, eyes will be set on two former wheelchair marathon stars, Jade Jones (GBR) and Wakako Tsuchida (JPN). Both of them have proved that their swimming skills are quickly improving, with Jones claiming the first paratriathlon gold medal of the Commonwealth Games and Tsuchida claiming the victory in WPS Yokohama. Another one to watch will be indeed Lauren Parker (AUS), an athlete who suffered the accident that left her paralysed only one year ago and is improving race by race. On her second race as a paratriathlete, in Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, she claimed bronze, while in the next race, in Yokohama, she finished second. Would it be this one her first time on top of the podium? PTS2 Some well-known athletes will be competing in Iseo in the PTS2 class, with British Andy Lewis, American Mark Barr and Mohammed Lahna, competing under the ITU flag, assuming their roles as favourites. Spaniard Lionel Morales or French Stephane Bahier could also be...

Iseo welcomes paratriathletes for the second stop of the WPS

Triathlon News - Thu, 28/06/2018 - 15:23
For the second stop of the 2018 season, the World Paratriathlon Series will travel to the iconic town of Iseo, in northern Italy, Paratriathletes will show their skills with a 750m swim, one lap, in the Lake of Iseo, one of the most astonishing small lakes of the world to then mount on their bikes for three laps of 7km each on a circuit that is almost completely flat, but offers a breathtaking view over the lake and a peculiar passage in the old city center of Iseo. For the last segment, athletes will do four laps 1,2km each in the center of the city, with an astonishing finish line located right in the center of the main square. With the spectacular set up for athletes and spectators alike, the races will bring to the heart of the Old Continent the best paratriathlon action. PTWC Iseo will be as close to a World Championships as a race could be, with all the recent winners of races in this category taking the start. The Dutch duo, Jetze Plat and Geert Schipper, have great chances of repeating their success in the previous WPS of the year in Yokohama, where they crossed the finish line in first and second. But British rising star Joseph Townsend, winner in the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, will surely try to improve his third place in Yokohama. And eye should be kept also on the most veterans, Bill Chaffey (AUS), Fernando Aranha (BRA) and Giovanni Achenza (ITA), all of them with experience enough to shine in a course that they know really well, as they have all competed in Iseo before. In the women’s race, eyes will be set on two former wheelchair marathon stars, Jade Jones (GBR) and Wakako Tsuchida (JPN). Both of them have proved that their swimming skills are quickly improving, with Jones claiming the first paratriathlon gold medal of the Commonwealth Games and Tsuchida claiming the victory in WPS Yokohama. Another one to watch will be indeed Lauren Parker (AUS), an athlete who suffered the accident that left her paralysed only one year ago and is improving race by race. On her second race as a paratriathlete, in Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, she claimed bronze, while in the next race, in Yokohama, she finished second. Would it be this one her first time on top of the podium? PTS2 Some well-known athletes will be competing in Iseo in the PTS2 class, with British Andy Lewis, American Mark Barr and Mohammed Lahna, competing under the ITU flag, assuming their roles as favourites. Spaniard Lionel Morales or French Stephane Bahier could also be...

Triathlon stars-to-be from Africa train in France with the aim set on the Olympics

Triathlon News - Fri, 22/06/2018 - 13:52
Seventeen young triathletes from Mauritius, Tunisia, Namibia, Egypt, Niger, Morocco, Zimbabwe and Benin, along with eight coaches from those countries, have been selected to participate in a development camp in Brive (France) organised by the Francophone Association of Triathlon and supported by the French Triathlon Federation, the African Triathlon Union and the International Triathlon Union. The main objective of the camp is to identify the best young athletes from Africa and initiate with onto a mentorship program with the hope of leading several to the Paris 2024 Olympics. “It is vital for us to detect new talents in countries where having a triathlon careers is not an easy task, and these kinds of development camp are one of the things ITU is most proud of”, said ITU President and IOC member, Marisol Casado, who was present in the camp for the first two days. “We are extremely grateful to the francophone nations and the French Federation for organising this camp, bringing these young athletes the opportunity to train together and in perfect conditions to develop their international triathlon career. I am confident that we will see some of these young faces in the Olympic Games in the future, which is the pinnacle for all the athletes”, she said. The young triathletes were selected through their results in the African Championships a few months ago, and traveled to France for a week of intensive training in the Lac du Causse, in Brive, under the supervision of Laurent Massias, head coach from France. At the end of the camp, all the athletes will be competing at the open race of the French University Championships. “Triathlon Zimbabwe is so appreciative to the ITU and the beautiful city of Brive for this experience they have organised for us”, said Pamela Fulton, a coach from Zimbabwe. “It is really important for our athletes to gain experience in Europe not only for training and racing but also being exposed to different cultures. And we are also very excited to hear that there will be ongoing support leading up to 2024 Paris Olympics”, she added. Philip Lescure, president of the French Federation, said: “We would like to share the Francophone culture through sport and at the same time develop our sport to take it a higher level. Brive has all the resources and infrastructure, and is the perfect location for this”. Moutari Abdoulayem, head coach of Niger, said: “It is a great opportunity to have athletes together from...

Triathlon stars-to-be from Africa train in France with the aim set on the Olympics

Triathlon News - Fri, 22/06/2018 - 13:52
Seventeen young triathletes from Mauritius, Tunisia, Namibia, Egypt, Niger, Morocco, Zimbabwe and Benin, along with eight coaches from those countries, have been selected to participate in a development camp in Brive (France) organised by the Francophone Association of Triathlon and supported by the French Triathlon Federation, the African Triathlon Union and the International Triathlon Union. The main objective of the camp is to identify the best young athletes from Africa and initiate with onto a mentorship program with the hope of leading several to the Paris 2024 Olympics. “It is vital for us to detect new talents in countries where having a triathlon careers is not an easy task, and these kinds of development camp are one of the things ITU is most proud of”, said ITU President and IOC member, Marisol Casado, who was present in the camp for the first two days. “We are extremely grateful to the francophone nations and the French Federation for organising this camp, bringing these young athletes the opportunity to train together and in perfect conditions to develop their international triathlon career. I am confident that we will see some of these young faces in the Olympic Games in the future, which is the pinnacle for all the athletes”, she said. The young triathletes were selected through their results in the African Championships a few months ago, and traveled to France for a week of intensive training in the Lac du Causse, in Brive, under the supervision of Laurent Massias, head coach from France. At the end of the camp, all the athletes will be competing at the open race of the French University Championships. “Triathlon Zimbabwe is so appreciative to the ITU and the beautiful city of Brive for this experience they have organised for us”, said Pamela Fulton, a coach from Zimbabwe. “It is really important for our athletes to gain experience in Europe not only for training and racing but also being exposed to different cultures. And we are also very excited to hear that there will be ongoing support leading up to 2024 Paris Olympics”, she added. Philip Lescure, president of the French Federation, said: “We would like to share the Francophone culture through sport and at the same time develop our sport to take it a higher level. Brive has all the resources and infrastructure, and is the perfect location for this”. Moutari Abdoulayem, head coach of Niger, said: “It is a great opportunity to have athletes together from...

Triathlon stars-to-be from Africa train in France with the aim set on the Olympics

Triathlon News - Fri, 22/06/2018 - 13:52
17 young triathletes from Mauritius, Tunisia, Namibia, Egypt, Niger, Maroc, Zimbabwe and Benin, along with eight coaches from the same countries, have been selected to participate in a development camp in Brive (France) organised by the Francophonie Association of Triathlon and supported by the French Triathlon Federation, the African Triathlon Union and the International Triathlon Union. The main objective of the camp was to identify the best young athletes from Africa and initiate with them a mentorship program which can potentially lead some of them to the Paris 20204 Olympics. “It is vital for us to detect new talents in countries where having a triathlon careers is not an easy task, and these type of development camps are one of the things ITU is more proud of”, said ITU President and IOC member, Marisol Casado, who was present in the camp for the first two days. “We are extremely grateful to the francophone nations and the French Federation for organising this camp, bringing those young athletes the opportunity to train together and in perfect conditions to develop their international triathlon career. I am confident that we will see some of these young faces in the Olympic Games in the future, which is the pinnacle for all the athletes”, she said. The young athletes were selected after their results in the African Championships a few months ago, and traveled to France for a week of intensive training in the Lac du Causse, in Brive, under the supervision of Laurent Massias, head coach from France. At the end of the camp, all the athletes will be competing at the open race of the French university championships. “Triathlon Zimbabwe is so appreciative to the ITU and the beautiful city of Brive for this experience they have organized for us”, said Pamela Fulton, a coach from Zimbabwe. “It is really important for our athletes to gain experience in Europe not only for training and racing but also being exposed to different cultures. And we are also very excited to hear that there will be ongoing support leading up to 2024 Paris Olympics”, she said. Philip Lescure, president of the French Federation, said: “We would like to share the Francophonie culture through sport and at the same time develop our sport to take it a higher level. Brive has all the resources and infrastructure, and is the perfect location for this”. Moutari Abdoulayem, head coach of Niger, said: “It is a great opportunity to have athletes together from...

Jelle Geens and Summer Cook claim the first ever titles in Antwerp World Cup

Triathlon News - Sun, 17/06/2018 - 21:25
Belgium had a great day of firsts at the 2018 ITU Antwerp World Cup, with Jelle Geens claiming the first ever victory of an ITU race on home soil to much delight of the thousands of spectators who enjoyed a day of triathlon at its best. He was accompanied in the podium by Kiwi Tayler Reid and Canadian Tyler Mislawchuk. On the women’s race, the victory was for one really used to be on top of the podium on world cups: USA’s Summer Cook, who claimed her sixth victory of her career. Behind her in the finish line were British Beth Potter and Italian Verena Steinhauser. Men’s Review The local hero, Marten Van Riel, was one of the favourites before the start and he proved the thousands of spectators lining up in Antwerp right, being the first one to get out of the water. The Belgium, who had a splendid performance last weeks in WTS Leeds finishing in 5th place, was planning on leading since the beginning and he delivered. Behind him, Jonas Schomburg (GER), one of the best swimmers in the field, and Tyler Mislawchuk (CAN), and the three of them tried to escape from the chasers from the first km of the bike course, but they were quickly trapped by a large group, forming a train that will stay together for the 22km of the bike. It was then time for the men to line up to try to avoid problems with the corners, and work in turns, with some of them trying to scape but with no luck. First, it was the turn of Tyler Mislawchuk. A couple of kilometres later the Norwegian Casper Stornes gave it a try as well, and Matthew Sharpe (CAN), Tayler Reid (NZL) and Uxio Abuin Ares (ESP) also had their chance, but all of them with no luck. So a large train of bikers arrived together to the second transition, and with all to be decided in the last 5km run, another Belgium, Jelle Geens, decided to go for it. He led a small group of ten athletes, including himself, Van Riel, Mislawchuk, Reid, Sharpe and Connor Doherty (IRL) among them. In the last lap, five of them were still fighting for the podium positions so it all came to one of the longest sprint ever seen, with Jeens giving all he had for the final push. Cheered by the local fans, he managed to stay one meter ahead of Reid and crossed the finish line in first, claiming his first ever victory in a World Cup. For Reid, Antwerp was the second World Cup podium after grabbing silver in Karlovy Vary last year, while Mislawchuk, finishing in third, is also a newcomer to World Cup podiums, after finishing fourth in WTS...

Jelle Geens and Summer Cook claim the first-ever titles in Antwerp World Cup

Triathlon News - Sun, 17/06/2018 - 21:25
Belgium had a great day of firsts at the 2018 ITU Antwerp World Cup, with Jelle Geens claiming his first-ever victory of an ITU race on his home soil, much to the delight of the thousands of spectators who enjoyed a day of triathlon at its very best. Accompanying Geens atop the podium were New Zealand’s Tayler Reid and Canada’s Tyler Mislawchuk. In the women’s race, it was yet another victory for an American very familiar with the top of the World Cup podium, Summer Cook, who claimed a sixth win of her career. Finishing behind in second and third were Britain’s Beth Potter and Italy’s Verena Steinhauser. Men’s Review The local hero, Marten Van Riel, was one of the favourites going into the race, and he gave the thousands of spectators lining up in Antwerp plenty to cheer as he was first out of the water. The Belgian, who put in a splendid performance last week at WTS Leeds to finish in 5th place, was planning on leading from the front and he delivered early on. Behind him were Jonas Schomburg (GER), one of the best swimmers in the field, and Tyler Mislawchuk (CAN), and it was those three who looked to escape from the chasing group from the first stages of the bike course, but they were quickly snared by a large pack, forming a train that would stay together for the 22km of the bike. As the men sought to line up and try to avoid problems with the corners working in turns, some looked for opportunities to escape but with no luck. First, it was Tyler Mislawchuk, then a couple of kilometres later the Norwegian Casper Stornes made his move. Matthew Sharpe (CAN), Tayler Reid (NZL) and Uxio Abuin Ares (ESP) also had their chances, but nobody was able to burst clear. That meant a large train of cyclists arrived together into the second transition, and with everything to be decided over the 5km run, another Belgian, Jelle Geens, decided it was time to gamble, pulling away to head a small group of ten athletes including Van Riel, Mislawchuk, Reid, Sharpe and Connor Doherty (IRL). By the final lap, just five athletes were left fighting for the podium positions and it all came down to one of the longest sprint finishes ever, with Jeens giving all he had for the final push. Urged on by the local fans, the Belgian managed to stay a metre ahead of Reid and cross the finish line in first, claiming his first ever World Cup victory in the process. “I really feel amazing”, he said after his win. “In the sprint I thought I didn’t have anything left, but when I was a...

Jelle Geens and Summer Cook claim the first-ever titles in Antwerp World Cup

Triathlon News - Sun, 17/06/2018 - 21:25
Belgium had a great day of firsts at the 2018 ITU Antwerp World Cup, with Jelle Geens claiming the first-ever victory of an ITU race on his home soil, much to the delight of the thousands of spectators who enjoyed a day of triathlon at its very best. Accompanying Geens atop the podium were New Zealand’s Tayler Reid and Canada’s Tyler Mislawchuk. In the women’s race, it was yet another victory for an American very familiar with the top of the World Cup podium, Summer Cook, who claimed a sixth win of her career. Finishing behind in second and third were Britain’s Beth Potter and Italy’s Verena Steinhauser. Men’s Review The local hero, Marten Van Riel, was one of the favourites going into the race, and he gave the thousands of spectators lining up in Antwerp plenty to cheer as he was first out of the water. The Belgian, who put in a splendid performance last week at WTS Leeds to finish in 5th place, was planning on leading from the front and he delivered early on. Behind him were Jonas Schomburg (GER), one of the best swimmers in the field, and Tyler Mislawchuk (CAN), and it was those three who looked to escape from the chasing group from the first stages of the bike course, but they were quickly snared by a large pack, forming a train that would stay together for the 22km of the bike. As the men sought to line up and try to avoid problems with the corners working in turns, some looked for opportunities to escape but with no luck. First, it was Tyler Mislawchuk, then a couple of kilometres later the Norwegian Casper Stornes made his move. Matthew Sharpe (CAN), Tayler Reid (NZL) and Uxio Abuin Ares (ESP) also had their chances, but nobody was able to burst clear. That meant a large train of cyclists arrived together into the second transition, and with everything to be decided over the 5km run, another Belgian, Jelle Geens, decided it was time to gamble, pulling away to head a small group of ten athletes including Van Riel, Mislawchuk, Reid, Sharpe and Connor Doherty (IRL). By the final lap, just five athletes were left fighting for the podium positions and it all came down to one of the longest sprint finishes ever, with Jeens giving all he had for the final push. Urged on by the local fans, the Belgian managed to stay a metre ahead of Reid and cross the finish line in first, claiming his first ever World Cup victory in the process. “I really feel amazing”, he said after his win. “In the sprint I thought I didn’t have anything left, but when I was a...

Jelle Geens and Summer Cook claim the first-ever titles in Antwerp World Cup

Triathlon News - Sun, 17/06/2018 - 21:25
Belgium had a great day of firsts at the 2018 ITU Antwerp World Cup, with Jelle Geens claiming his first-ever victory of an ITU race on his home soil, much to the delight of the thousands of spectators who enjoyed a day of triathlon at its very best. Accompanying Geens atop the podium were New Zealand’s Tayler Reid and Canada’s Tyler Mislawchuk. In the women’s race, it was yet another victory for an American very familiar with the top of the World Cup podium, Summer Cook, who claimed a sixth win of her career. Finishing behind in second and third were Britain’s Beth Potter and Italy’s Verena Steinhauser. Men’s Review The local hero, Marten Van Riel, was one of the favourites going into the race, and he gave the thousands of spectators lining up in Antwerp plenty to cheer as he was first out of the water. The Belgian, who put in a splendid performance last week at WTS Leeds to finish in 5th place, was planning on leading from the front and he delivered early on. Behind him were Jonas Schomburg (GER), one of the best swimmers in the field, and Tyler Mislawchuk (CAN), and it was those three who looked to escape from the chasing group from the first stages of the bike course, but they were quickly snared by a large pack, forming a train that would stay together for the 22km of the bike. As the men sought to line up and try to avoid problems with the corners working in turns, some looked for opportunities to escape but with no luck. First, it was Tyler Mislawchuk, then a couple of kilometres later the Norwegian Casper Stornes made his move. Matthew Sharpe (CAN), Tayler Reid (NZL) and Uxio Abuin Ares (ESP) also had their chances, but nobody was able to burst clear. That meant a large train of cyclists arrived together into the second transition, and with everything to be decided over the 5km run, another Belgian, Jelle Geens, decided it was time to gamble, pulling away to head a small group of ten athletes including Van Riel, Mislawchuk, Reid, Sharpe and Connor Doherty (IRL). By the final lap, just five athletes were left fighting for the podium positions and it all came down to one of the longest sprint finishes ever, with Jeens giving all he had for the final push. Urged on by the local fans, the Belgian managed to stay a metre ahead of Reid and cross the finish line in first, claiming his first ever World Cup victory in the process. “I really feel amazing”, he said after his win. “In the sprint I thought I didn’t have anything left, but when I was a...

Jelle Geens and Summer Cook claim the first ever titles in Antwerp World Cup

Triathlon News - Sun, 17/06/2018 - 21:25
Belgium had a great day of firsts at the 2018 ITU Antwerp World Cup, with Jelle Geens claiming the first ever victory of an ITU race on home soil to much delight of the thousands of spectators who enjoyed a day of triathlon at its best. He was accompanied in the podium by Kiwi Tayler Reid and Canadian Tyler Mislawchuk. On the women’s race, the victory was for one really used to be on top of the podium on world cups: USA’s Summer Cook, who claimed her sixth victory of her career. Behind her in the finish line were British Beth Potter and Italian Verena Steinhauser. Men’s Review The local hero, Marten Van Riel, was one of the favourites before the start and he proved the thousands of spectators lining up in Antwerp right, being the first one to get out of the water. The Belgium, who had a splendid performance last weeks in WTS Leeds finishing in 5th place, was planning on leading since the beginning and he delivered. Behind him, Jonas Schomburg (GER), one of the best swimmers in the field, and Tyler Mislawchuk (CAN), and the three of them tried to escape from the chasers from the first km of the bike course, but they were quickly trapped by a large group, forming a train that will stay together for the 22km of the bike. It was then time for the men to line up to try to avoid problems with the corners, and work in turns, with some of them trying to scape but with no luck. First, it was the turn of Tyler Mislawchuk. A couple of kilometres later the Norwegian Casper Stornes gave it a try as well, and Matthew Sharpe (CAN), Tayler Reid (NZL) and Uxio Abuin Ares (ESP) also had their chance, but all of them with no luck. So a large train of bikers arrived together to the second transition, and with all to be decided in the last 5km run, another Belgium, Jelle Geens, decided to go for it. He led a small group of ten athletes, including himself, Van Riel, Mislawchuk, Reid, Sharpe and Connor Doherty (IRL) among them. In the last lap, five of them were still fighting for the podium positions so it all came to one of the longest sprint ever seen, with Jeens giving all he had for the final push. Cheered by the local fans, he managed to stay one meter ahead of Reid and crossed the finish line in first, claiming his first ever victory in a World Cup. “I really feel amazing”, he said after his win. “In the sprint I thought I didn’t have anything lef, but when I was 1 meter behind I heard the crowd cheer, so that gave me the extra strength for the final push”....

Jelle Geens and Summer Cook claim the first-ever titles in Antwerp World Cup

Triathlon News - Sun, 17/06/2018 - 21:25
Belgium had a great day of firsts at the 2018 ITU Antwerp World Cup, with Jelle Geens claiming the first-ever victory of an ITU race on his home soil, much to the delight of the thousands of spectators who enjoyed a day of triathlon at its very best. Accompanying Geens atop the podium were New Zealand’s Tayler Reid and Canada’s Tyler Mislawchuk. In the women’s race, it was yet another victory for an American very familiar with the top of the World Cup podium, Summer Cook, who claimed a sixth win of her career. Finishing behind in second and third were Britain’s Beth Potter and Italy’s Verena Steinhauser. Men’s Review The local hero, Marten Van Riel, was one of the favourites going into the race, and he gave the thousands of spectators lining up in Antwerp plenty to cheer as he was first out of the water. The Belgian, who put in a splendid performance last week at WTS Leeds to finish in 5th place, was planning on leading from the front and he delivered early on. Behind him were Jonas Schomburg (GER), one of the best swimmers in the field, and Tyler Mislawchuk (CAN), and it was those three who looked to escape from the chasing group from the first stages of the bike course, but they were quickly snared by a large pack, forming a train that would stay together for the 22km of the bike. As the men sought to line up and try to avoid problems with the corners working in turns, some looked for opportunities to escape but with no luck. First, it was Tyler Mislawchuk, then a couple of kilometres later the Norwegian Casper Stornes made his move. Matthew Sharpe (CAN), Tayler Reid (NZL) and Uxio Abuin Ares (ESP) also had their chances, but nobody was able to burst clear. That meant a large train of cyclists arrived together into the second transition, and with everything to be decided over the 5km run, another Belgian, Jelle Geens, decided it was time to gamble, pulling away to head a small group of ten athletes including Van Riel, Mislawchuk, Reid, Sharpe and Connor Doherty (IRL). By the final lap, just five athletes were left fighting for the podium positions and it all came down to one of the longest sprint finishes ever, with Jeens giving all he had for the final push. Urged on by the local fans, the Belgian managed to stay a metre ahead of Reid and cross the finish line in first, claiming his first ever World Cup victory in the process. “I really feel amazing”, he said after his win. “In the sprint I thought I didn’t have anything left, but when I was a...

Jelle Geens and Summer Cook claim the first-ever titles in Antwerp World Cup

Triathlon News - Sun, 17/06/2018 - 21:25
Belgium had a great day of firsts at the 2018 ITU Antwerp World Cup, with Jelle Geens claiming the first-ever victory of an ITU race on his home soil, much to the delight of the thousands of spectators who enjoyed a day of triathlon at its very best. Accompanying Geens atop the podium were New Zealand’s Tayler Reid and Canada’s Tyler Mislawchuk. In the women’s race, it was yet another victory for an American very familiar with the top of the World Cup podium, Summer Cook, who claimed a sixth win of her career. Finishing behind in second and third were Britain’s Beth Potter and Italy’s Verena Steinhauser. Men’s Review The local hero, Marten Van Riel, was one of the favourites going into the race, and he gave the thousands of spectators lining up in Antwerp plenty to cheer as he was first out of the water. The Belgian, who put in a splendid performance last week at WTS Leeds to finish in 5th place, was planning on leading from the front and he delivered early on. Behind him were Jonas Schomburg (GER), one of the best swimmers in the field, and Tyler Mislawchuk (CAN), and it was those three who looked to escape from the chasing group from the first stages of the bike course, but they were quickly snared by a large pack, forming a train that would stay together for the 22km of the bike. As the men sought to line up and try to avoid problems with the corners working in turns, some looked for opportunities to escape but with no luck. First, it was Tyler Mislawchuk, then a couple of kilometres later the Norwegian Casper Stornes made his move. Matthew Sharpe (CAN), Tayler Reid (NZL) and Uxio Abuin Ares (ESP) also had their chances, but nobody was able to burst clear. That meant a large train of cyclists arrived together into the second transition, and with everything to be decided over the 5km run, another Belgian, Jelle Geens, decided it was time to gamble, pulling away to head a small group of ten athletes including Van Riel, Mislawchuk, Reid, Sharpe and Connor Doherty (IRL). By the final lap, just five athletes were left fighting for the podium positions and it all came down to one of the longest sprint finishes ever, with Jeens giving all he had for the final push. Urged on by the local fans, the Belgian managed to stay a metre ahead of Reid and cross the finish line in first, claiming his first ever World Cup victory in the process. “I really feel amazing”, he said after his win. “In the sprint I thought I didn’t have anything left, but when I was a...

Athletes chatter ahead of Antwerp World Cup

Triathlon News - Fri, 15/06/2018 - 23:39
Athletes from all over the world seem to be really looking forward to the debut of the Belgium city of Antwerp in the World Cup circuit. 48 hours before toeing the line in the Harbour, let’s see what some of the top elite athletes have to say. Gelle Jeens On how he feels after WTS Leeds: “I wasn’t very sure on how I was going to perform in Leeds, as my knee hurt a bit before that race, but Leeds was alright and the pain is gone now”. On his goals for this season: “The Olympic points have just started and that’s my main goal for this season, to race as hard and best as possible and to get some points and in order to be in a good position at the end of the year. I missed some training going to race in Leeds, but also that race helped me cause Leeds was like a really hard training, so I think I can perform well here”. On how he feels about racing at home: “I don’t know the course but is close to my home and I know what to expect, especially because there are a lot of cobblestones. I think it’s going to be a really great race, and we will have lots of spectators cheering, and also my family is coming to watch me compete, so I am really looking forward the race. It is my first race in Belgium, and it’s going to be a great experience”. Martin van Reel On how he feels after Leeds: “Last week was very, very hard, the course in Leeds was one of the toughest ever. My legs are still a bit tired, but I hope that by Sunday they will be alright again”. On the goals for the season: “The first two or three races I crashed, I hope I’m back on normal racing and no crashing anymore. I’m pretty confident on my swim, bike run now, as long as I can stay on the bike”. On the course for this World Cup: “I live 20 km from the course, I’ve been here and it looks like a very exciting course. It will be a really nice course. We race everywhere in the world, but our family never gets to support us while racing, so it will be great to have a race at home with our friends and family being able to be here and support us”. Casper Stornes On his performance in WTS Leeds: “I am feeling alright now. I had a terrible day in Leeds, I felt dizzy on the bike and was afraid on the corners, so I ended up pulling out. But I’ve had some very good bike sessions in Bergen now and I’m feeling confident and fresh for this race”. On his goal for this race: “I want to win”. On the Antwerp course: “I’ve seen that the bike course has some cobblestones, so that means a hard bike and some smashed...

Athletes chatter ahead of Antwerp World Cup

Triathlon News - Fri, 15/06/2018 - 23:39
Athletes from all over the world seem to be really looking forward to the debut of the Belgium city of Antwerp in the World Cup circuit. 48 hours before toeing the line in the Harbour, let’s see what some of the top elite athletes have to say. Gelle Jeens On how he feels after WTS Leeds: “I wasn’t very sure on how I was going to perform in Leeds, as my knee hurt a bit before that race, but Leeds was alright and the pain is gone now”. On his goals for this season: “The Olympic points have just started and that’s my main goal for this season, to race as hard and best as possible and to get some points and in order to be in a good position at the end of the year. I missed some training going to race in Leeds, but also that race helped me cause Leeds was like a really hard training, so I think I can perform well here”. On how he feels about racing at home: “I don’t know the course but is close to my home and I know what to expect, especially because there are a lot of cobblestones. I think it’s going to be a really great race, and we will have lots of spectators cheering, and also my family is coming to watch me compete, so I am really looking forward the race. It is my first race in Belgium, and it’s going to be a great experience”. Martin van Reel On how he feels after Leeds: “Last week was very, very hard, the course in Leeds was one of the toughest ever. My legs are still a bit tired, but I hope that by Sunday they will be alright again”. On the goals for the season: “The first two or three races I crashed, I hope I’m back on normal racing and no crashing anymore. I’m pretty confident on my swim, bike run now, as long as I can stay on the bike”. On the course for this World Cup: “I live 20 km from the course, I’ve been here and it looks like a very exciting course. It will be a really nice course. We race everywhere in the world, but our family never gets to support us while racing, so it will be great to have a race at home with our friends and family being able to be here and support us”. Casper Stornes On his performance in WTS Leeds: “I am feeling alright now. I had a terrible day in Leeds, I felt dizzy on the bike and was afraid on the corners, so I ended up pulling out. But I’ve had some very good bike sessions in Bergen now and I’m feeling confident and fresh for this race”. On his goal for this race: “I want to win”. On the Antwerp course: “I’ve seen that the bike course has some cobblestones, so that means a hard bike and some smashed...

Athletes chatter ahead of Antwerp World Cup

Triathlon News - Fri, 15/06/2018 - 23:39
Athletes from all over the world seem to be really looking forward to the debut of the Belgium city of Antwerp in the World Cup circuit. 48 hours before toeing the line in the Harbour, let’s see what some of the top elite athletes have to say. Gelle Jeens On how he feels after WTS Leeds: “I wasn’t very sure on how I was going to perform in Leeds, as my knee hurt a bit before that race, but Leeds was alright and the pain is gone now”. On his goals for this season: “The Olympic points have just started and that’s my main goal for this season, to race as hard and best as possible and to get some points and in order to be in a good position at the end of the year. I missed some training going to race in Leeds, but also that race helped me cause Leeds was like a really hard training, so I think I can perform well here”. On how he feels about racing at home: “I don’t know the course but is close to my home and I know what to expect, especially because there are a lot of cobblestones. I think it’s going to be a really great race, and we will have lots of spectators cheering, and also my family is coming to watch me compete, so I am really looking forward the race. It is my first race in Belgium, and it’s going to be a great experience”. Martin van Reel On how he feels after Leeds: “Last week was very, very hard, the course in Leeds was one of the toughest ever. My legs are still a bit tired, but I hope that by Sunday they will be alright again”. On the goals for the season: “The first two or three races I crashed, I hope I’m back on normal racing and no crashing anymore. I’m pretty confident on my swim, bike run now, as long as I can stay on the bike”. On the course for this World Cup: “I live 20 km from the course, I’ve been here and it looks like a very exciting course. It will be a really nice course. We race everywhere in the world, but our family never gets to support us while racing, so it will be great to have a race at home with our friends and family being able to be here and support us”. Casper Stornes On his performance in WTS Leeds: “I am feeling alright now. I had a terrible day in Leeds, I felt dizzy on the bike and was afraid on the corners, so I ended up pulling out. But I’ve had some very good bike sessions in Bergen now and I’m feeling confident and fresh for this race”. On his goal for this race: “I want to win”. On the Antwerp course: “I’ve seen that the bike course has some cobblestones, so that means a hard bike and some smashed...

Martin Schulz to go all-out attack in Besancon Paratriathlon World Cup

Triathlon News - Fri, 15/06/2018 - 19:21
Germany’s Martin Schulz is not going to hold anything back when he competes at the ITU Paratriathlon World Cup in Besancon, France, on Sunday. Victory at the Eton Dorney World Cup three weeks ago ensured it was a winning return to international competition for the 28-year-old after suffering an ankle problem in the weeks building up to the race. But, despite his winning return, Schulz said he was not at his best. “The race was OK,” Schulz said. “The weeks before Eton Dorney I could not train as I usually do and I was more likely to play it safe without risking anything. But only winning was important to me.” “I have very high standards for myself but I’m not a machine” After being unable to follow his usual training regime due to his ankle injury, Schulz has returned to a hard block of training and said he is now ready to go all-out attack in Besancon in the men’s PTS5 category. “I don’t know how this weekend’s race will go, but I will do my best and this time I will be much more offensive than in Eton Dorney, especially on the bike and while running,” Schulz said. Eton Dorney was only the third international event Schulz has competed in since winning Paralympic gold at Rio 2016, where the sport made its Games debut. The German decided to take a break from competing internationally post-Rio, but he is back and now fully focussed on Tokyo 2020. “After achieving everything, I needed new goals and I wanted to try other things which I put on hold ahead of Rio,” Schulz said. “I wanted to do competitions that I always wanted to do, such as the Bundesliga [German league] races, local triathlons and I didn’t want to travel that much.” “My big goal is now Tokyo 2020 where I want to win gold again. But, for that a lot had to be clarified and I knew I needed some distance away from Paratriathlon to rest and refocus,” Schulz added. The German has become one of the most well-known names in Paratriathlon since taking up the sport in 2011 and he admitted the expectation adds pressure. “The pressure from the outside is strong,” Schulz said. “Many expect that I will always win, especially in my homeland. Everyone expected me to win in Rio. A second place would have been a disappointment. But, especially for Rio, I only ever had Plan A with the gold medal in my hand. “I have very high standards for myself but I’m not a machine. I work hard every day for my goals, but sometimes you also need a bit of luck,” the...

Martin Schulz to go all-out attack in Besancon Paratriathlon World Cup

Triathlon News - Fri, 15/06/2018 - 19:21
Germany’s Martin Schulz is not going to hold anything back when he competes at the ITU Paratriathlon World Cup in Besancon, France, on Sunday. Victory at the Eton Dorney World Cup three weeks ago ensured it was a winning return to international competition for the 28-year-old after suffering an ankle problem in the weeks building up to the race. But, despite his winning return, Schulz said he was not at his best. “The race was OK,” Schulz said. “The weeks before Eton Dorney I could not train as I usually do and I was more likely to play it safe without risking anything. But only winning was important to me.” “I have very high standards for myself but I’m not a machine” After being unable to follow his usual training regime due to his ankle injury, Schulz has returned to a hard block of training and said he is now ready to go all-out attack in Besancon in the men’s PTS5 category. “I don’t know how this weekend’s race will go, but I will do my best and this time I will be much more offensive than in Eton Dorney, especially on the bike and while running,” Schulz said. Eton Dorney was only the third international event Schulz has competed in since winning Paralympic gold at Rio 2016, where the sport made its Games debut. The German decided to take a break from competing internationally post-Rio, but he is back and now fully focussed on Tokyo 2020. “After achieving everything, I needed new goals and I wanted to try other things which I put on hold ahead of Rio,” Schulz said. “I wanted to do competitions that I always wanted to do, such as the Bundesliga [German league] races, local triathlons and I didn’t want to travel that much.” “My big goal is now Tokyo 2020 where I want to win gold again. But, for that a lot had to be clarified and I knew I needed some distance away from Paratriathlon to rest and refocus,” Schulz added. The German has become one of the most well-known names in Paratriathlon since taking up the sport in 2011 and he admitted the expectation adds pressure. “The pressure from the outside is strong,” Schulz said. “Many expect that I will always win, especially in my homeland. Everyone expected me to win in Rio. A second place would have been a disappointment. But, especially for Rio, I only ever had Plan A with the gold medal in my hand. “I have very high standards for myself but I’m not a machine. I work hard every day for my goals, but sometimes you also need a bit of luck,” the...

Antwerp ready to join the World Cup circuit

Triathlon News - Fri, 15/06/2018 - 00:01
It is one of the oldest cities in Europe and has a long and lasting tradition of cycling sports, so it was just about time that the Belgium city on Antwerp joined the ITU World Cup circuit with an astonishing event ready to take the stage this weekend. The race, with some of the greatest triathletes of the world lining up, will be the eighth stop of the season as we reach the halfway point of what has already been an incredible 2018 for our sport, and represents the biggest triathlon event in the country in almost 20 years. The new sprint-distance course will take in a one-lap, 750m circuit around Antwerp Harbour before the athletes transition onto their bikes for a technical 22.6km ride through the city streets. From there, the final section will see the runners loop back around the harbour before finishing by the grandstands overlooking the water and the beautiful Museum aan de Stroom. Men’s Preview After his splendid performance only one week ago in WTS Leeds, Belgium Marten Van Riel will be indeed the home-crowd favourite and wearing the number one in this race will be enough to give him the extra fuel needed to recover from the Olympic distance race and face the demanding course of his hometown. But Van Riel will have to share the spectator’s cheers with his teammate, Jelle Geens, who has had some of his best results in sprint races. It won’t be an easy challenge for him, though, with some other strong triathletes lining up in the Harbour. Matthew Sharpe and Tyler Mislawchuk, both Canadians, have had really strong performances in the last few weeks, with Mislawchuk earning his first ever top five in a WTS in Yokohama and both of them helping the Canadians claiming the seventh place in the first event of the World Triathlon Mixed Relays Series in Nottingham. Another American, Kevin McDowell (USA), will also be trying to redeem himself of the not so great performances in the last races, looking forward going back to the top ten positions that he earned at the beginning of the seasons in a couple of World Cups. Germany’s Jonas Schomburg is also returning to the World Cup circuit, after focussing on WTS events, and will be likely among the ones to watch if he can put together another strong display on the bike as the ones he usually does. Spaniard Uxio Abuin Ares will also put up a show in Antwerp, after one of the strongest swims of his career only two weeks ago in Cagliari World Cup. With him in the pack of favourites will also be...

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